In-Person and Online Photography Classes in Glen Ellyn, Wheaton, & Lisle
by Creative Eye WorkshopsTM

(Conveniently located in Downers Grove)

Digital Photography Made Simple

Learn To Photograph the Things You Love Most!

Offering photography workshops & digital camera classes in Glen Ellyn, Wheaton, & Lisle area to help you photograph the things you love most.

Our photography classes help you photograph the things you love most.

If you’d like to learn photography in Glen Ellyn, Wheaton, & Lisle areas, Creative Eye Workshops™ offers online and in-person photography classes that are convenient, perceptive and thoughtfully designed for all levels of photographers and people with busy schedules. If you live in the Glen Ellyn, Wheaton, Lisle area, you’re less than 20 minutes from our classroom.

At Creative Eye Workshops™, we teach the fundamentals and build your confidence so you can take control of your camera and make great pictures with poise. You’ll be able to think on your feet. And, we help you discover and express your creative eye, just as our name suggests.

Listen to What Our Students Have Said

Photo of your digital photography instructor, Mike MacDonald.

Your teacher and internationally-published photographer, Mike MacDonald.

“I thoroughly enjoyed your class and look forward to further learning. Your energy and depth of knowledge are inspiring! Thanks for a great experience.”
—Nancy M. / Glen Ellyn, IL

“I have read half dozen books on photography, and none were able to explain the fundamentals of proper exposure like you were. Now I have a much clearer understanding of correct exposure and how to achieve it.”
—Chris / Lisle, IL

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Classes for All Types of Subject Matter & Levels of Photographers

At Creative Eye Workshops™, we provide a wide variety of photography classes, targeted for various subject matter and different levels of photographers. Both amateur and skilled photographers can be benefit from our photography classes by improving their artistic and technical skills. We offer courses in photo composition, DSLR camera classes, nature photography workshops, and Photoshop Elements courses. We even provide private photography lessons and help you save money with class combos.

We Focus on the Fundamentals

Our photography classes are aimed at teaching the fundamentals so our students are prepared for taking pictures in the “real world.” We provide a solid foundation so students can photograph anything they want, whether that means photographing your children, starting a pet photography business, or becoming an accomplished nature photographer. Including many advanced photographic techniques, you will also learn artistic and technical aspects of photography.

We have workshops designed for more advanced photographers too. These consist of courses in mastering exposure, Photoshop and Photoshop Elements, digital printmaking, and landscape and nature photography.

Gain Knowledge & Confidence

Take our classes near Wheaton, Glen Ellyn, and Lisle area to improve your vacation and travel photography.

Gain the confidence and knowledge to take perfect pictures when it really counts.

Building confidence is just as important as building knowledge. It is our objective for beginner photographers is to give them the confidence to be fearless of their digital cameras. Newbies can start with a digital camera class to learn how to use their DSLR cameras free from the restrictions of automatic and point-and-shoot modes or take our fun and engaging course in photo composition. Learn which classes you should take.

You will have the confidence and knowledge to apply these your knowledge to whatever subject matter you wish to photograph, once you’ve completed our core photography curriculum.

Nicole writes, “Mike was personable, easy-going and made everyone feel good about their level of knowledge and ability to learn the techniques. Great and energetic instructor.”


Sophisticated Teaching Methods and Hands-on Learning

Our hands-on photo outings help students put what they learned into practice.

Our hands-on photo outings help students practice what they’ve learned in class. Here are two intrepid students at our springtime outing to Starved Rock State Park.

Our photography classes offer a combination of visual presentations and hands-on exercises. We’ve developed custom animations and insightful computer graphics so students can best visualize and understand the concepts. We also offer comprehensive class notes that help students revisit and reinforce the lessons between sessions. And, to help you solidify the information you just learned, we also send out helpful emails during each class.

Practical Classes Especially Designed for Busy People

In order to help busy people to learn the skills of photography without compromising their schedules, we have considerately planned our curriculum with practical and efficient classes which don’t require extended commitments. For example, we break potentially long classes into several short classes to better fit your busy life. Read about which classes we suggest.

Our practical classes also save you time. We focus on teaching what you need to know, when you need to know it, rather than confusing you with loads of irrelevant information that you’re not ready to use.

Accomplished Photographer & Inspirational Instructor

Instructor and the founder of Creative Eye Workshops™, Mike MacDonald learned photography all by himself, as a hobby, but quickly established himself nationally when, just 18 months later, his article about photographing ice was published in Outdoor Photographer Magazine. His photographs of Chicago nature have also been featured in the world-famous Sierra Club Wilderness Wall Calendar. Watch an interview with Mike on WTTW Chicago Tonight.

“I didn’t take ‘Make Great Pictures, Now!’ just to learn how to compose a picture. I love Mike’s photography and I took the class to learn how Mike composes a picture.”
—Laurel S. / Wheaton, IL

Mike has degrees in physics and mathematics, with careers in professional comedy as well as scientific computer programming. As an instructor, Mike uses his communication skills as a comedian and writer, and his organizational and analytical skills as a programmer and mathematician, to simply present and poignantly convey even the most difficult technical and creative ideas. He is also an inspirational figure, bursting with passion, inspiring students to take their love of photography to the next level.

Mark from Lisle wrote, “I truly enjoyed attending Mike’s “Photoshop Elements Essentials” class. Mike brings a unique enthusiasm and energy to the classroom, and taught me an incredible amount in just four sessions. His perspective and insight make all the difference. Very worthwhile.”

Photography Classes Conveniently Located in Glen Ellyn, Wheaton, & Lisle Area

Driving directions to our nature photography classes from Glen Ellyn, Wheaton, and Lisle.


From Glen Ellyn & Wheaton, you can take I-355 Tollway north. Exit at 63rd Street/Hobson Road (unattended toll) and turn left (east) at the top of the ramp. In a half-mile, you’ll reach Belmont Road, where there’s a Walgreen’s, Mobil Station on the corner. Turn left (north) and quickly get into the left lane because, in just a few seconds, you’ll see us on the left in the middle of the block. Our address is 6200 Belmont Road.

However, you can also take Roosevelt Road east to Finley Avenue. Turn right (south) on Finley. At Ogden Avene, Finley changes its name to Belmont Road. From that point, continue another 2.3 miles to 6200 Belmont (on your right, in the middle of a block).

From Lisle, you’re just down the road. Take Route 53 south to Maple, then turn left (east) to Belmont Road (Family Video and 7-11 on the corner). Turn right (south) and drive 0.7 miles to 6200 Belmont Road. We’re on the right side in the middle of the block.


If you have questions about our classes, let us know. Just email or phone us at 630-852-8448.